This Advent we at Christ Church have been exploring how the rest of the world prepares for Christmas using material from USPG’s Born Among Us. We’ve seen Onion Johnnies in the French Santons, Llamas in the stable in Peru, Parrots along with angels in Nicaragua, bread-basket carrying-on-your-head midwives in Ethiopia, and much more. The joy of it all has been how each country contextualises their nativities, makes is relevant to their own culture. And who could forget the caganer? The little poo-ing man crouching in the corner of the stable to remind us of Christ’s humanity. (My personal favourite.)
Yesterday we discussed how we might contextualise our own crib. How could we make it more Scottish? More Falkirk, even? Suggestions came thick and fast – highland cattle, puffins, whisky, Macowans toffee, Irn Bru, shortbread, haggis, the Falkirk Wheel, and tartan ribbons. I am giddy with excitement at the prospect of what will arrive this week to make our crib unique. (And frankly anything will improve on an ancient Joseph, Mary and broken-arm baby Jesus which is all we have at the moment.)
So what would YOU add to make your crib more local?